White Heat is held in conjunction with The Australian Ceramics Triennale NSW 09 at the Manly Art Gallery & Museum, Friday 12 June to Sunday 19 July, 2009. The exhibition was opened by Professor Elizabeth Ashburn, Meritus Professor at the University of New South Wales and a Conjoint Professor at the University of Newcastle.
Curator: Dr. Julie Bartholomew, President of The Australian Ceramics Association
Curators statement: Transformative practices that move beyond the object of utility, often take risks that propel the maker and viewer into unfamiliar territory. The exhibition titled White Heat offers a space for discourses of social, political and cultural concern. The articulation of issues that may be personal or affect others has a strong presence in recent ceramic history and is often manifest with an understanding of clay, its materiality and process. Exploring ideas, while refusing to jettison matter, encapsulates a challenge to the modernist separation of meaning, making and materiality. Boundary-crossing practices such as these are engaging, and extend into risky territory, embracing the slippage between the domains of art, craft and design while confronting the topical, the contentious and the unexpected. Your concerns may be the human condition, the environment, consumerism or a critique of ceramics practice. What risks do you take through your practice?
Exhibiting artists: Avi Amesbury, Penny Byrne, Lynda Draper, Kate Dunn, Bern Emmerichs, Fiona Fell, Honor Freeman, Madhulika Ghosh, Irene Grishin-Selzer, Chris Headley, Andrea Hylands, Virginia Jones, Dr Kathy Keys, Gudrun Klix, Laura McEwan and Liz Stops, Pru Morrison, Biljana Novakovic, Mel Robson, Avital Sheffer, Penny Smith, David Tucker, Kenji Uranishi, Gerry Wedd, Rachel Williams and Meng-shu You
The following is a representation of the artist's work and links to websites, blogs and articles. I have, where possible, included an image of the work in the White Heat exhibition.
George and Laura simply adore the War on Terror
Art conservator by day Penny Byrne becomes destroyer/creator of Dresden figurines, myths, ballerinas and governments by night as she creates these wicked, funny sculptures. Byrne uses original figurines which are beyond repair.
Australian Ceramics Triennale Blogspot
Beware these things bite Joyce Morgan. Sydney Morning Herald
The guns above have been cut from old plates using a water jet process. Mel says she's "a tad enamoured by this technique at the moment and have spent the last six months op-shopping like a mad woman and have accrued quite the collection of plates and saucers just awaiting the chop."
For more than 69 years expeditions to collect and record Australian insects have been in place. In 1926 the Commonwealth Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) was formed. As a result the number of specimens collected by entomologists and those donated from private collections grew by the thousands.
Ray Hughes Gallery
Great Pacific Gyre Patch 2007
Teacup in a Storm